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Instant Pot Chicken Breast

by Olena

Foolproof Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe from fresh or frozen perfect every time. Then shred or cube, and use in your favourite dishes throughout the week.

My Instant Pot Chicken Breast “5 Cents”

  • You can make pretty good and simple chicken breast in Instant Pot.
  • Chicken breast is the most dry part of chicken. Nobody can change that.
  • I love chicken breast but it’s not for everyone.
  • If you like low carb and meal prep qualities of the chicken breast, this Instant Pot chicken breast recipe is for you!

What Type of Chicken Breast Can I Use?

  1. Boneless chicken breast
  2. Bone in chicken breast
  3. Frozen chicken breast

How Long to Cook Chicken Breast in Instant Pot?

Follow Instant Pot chicken breast cooking time guidelines below for perfectly cooked every time. How to cook frozen chicken breast in Instant Pot included. Everything on manual high pressure.

Instant Pot Boneless Chicken Breast

  • 20 minutes

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast

  • 25 minutes
  • Separate frozen chicken breasts. Adding a blob of frozen meat will result in raw meat inside and overcooked chicken outside.
  • I line fresh breasts with parchment paper before freezing.
  • Thaw in cold water to separate.

Instant Pot Bone In Chicken Breast

  • 20 minutes
  • I find bone in chicken breast small and thin enough to cook through in 20 minutes.

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Breast

MY LATEST RECIPES

1. Add Water, Chicken Breast and Spices

  • To the Instant Pot, add water and place trivet with handles inside.
  • Lay chicken breasts in a single layer (if using frozen make sure they are separated).
  • Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Toss to coat evenly with tongs or hands.

Foolproof Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe from fresh or frozen perfect every time. Then shred or cube, and use in your favourite dishes throughout the week.

2. Cook on High Pressure

Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for:

  • 20 minutes for fresh or thawed boneless or bone in chicken breast
  • 25 minutes for frozen chicken breasts.

3. Let Pressure Come Down on Its Own

  • After 20-25 minutes your chicken is ready, Instant Pot will beep and display will say OFF.
  • Now pressure cooker needs to bring pressure down before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. It is called Natural Release and I don’t recommend to do Quick Release (turning sealing valve to Venting position) with this recipe.
  • It should take about 10-15 minutes.

Foolproof Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe from fresh or frozen perfect every time. Then shred or cube, and use in your favourite dishes throughout the week.

4. Enjoy!

  • Open the lid and your chicken breasts are ready for meal prep, casseroles, salads etc.
  • Shred or cube.
  • And save chicken stock at the bottom of the pot for soup.

Instant Pot Chicken Breast Variations

After your electric pressure cooker chicken breast is done cooking, you can add more flavor to it. Or turn into a meal. Here are a few ideas.

Instant Pot chicken breast and veggies

  1. Transfer chicken breasts onto a plate.
  2. Place cut up veggies on top of trivet.
  3. Set Manual High Pressure to 0 minutes.
  4. Vegetables should be cooked by the time Instant Pot comes to pressure.
  5. Serve with shredded or cubed chicken and maybe some healthy homemade ranch for a low carb dinner.

Instant Pot chicken breast and pasta

  1. Transfer chicken breasts onto a plate.
  2. Remove trivet.
  3. Add desired amount of pasta.
  4. Set Manual High Pressure to 0 minutes.
  5. Pasta should be cooked by the time Instant Pot comes to pressure.
  6. Open, check and stir to enjoy.

Instant pot BBQ chicken breast

I have healthy BBQ sauce recipe. You can make it in advance and refrigerate for weeks. Place some on top of cooked chicken breast.

Instant Pot ranch chicken breast

I have amazing healthy ranch dressing recipe. Smother chicken in it and you are golden!

Tips for Cooking Chicken Breast in Instant Pot

  • Let pressure come down naturally. Quick Release method pulls moisture from the meat.If you absolutely can’t wait, let pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes and then vent.
  • You don’t need to add many spices or pre-sear the meat.
  • To make shredded chicken breast, shred with 2 forks. Easy!
  • Remember, chicken breast is the leanest part of chicken. You can’t expect it to be as juicy as thighs.

Foolproof Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe from fresh or frozen perfect every time. Then shred or cube, and use in your favourite dishes throughout the week.

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Instant Pot Chicken Breast

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Foolproof Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe from fresh or frozen perfect every time. Then shred or cube, and use in your favourite dishes throughout the week.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless chicken breasts, fresh or frozen*
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. To the Instant Pot, add water and place trivet with handles inside. Lay chicken breasts in a single layer (if using frozen make sure they are separated) and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly with tongs or hands.
  2. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 20 minutes for fresh or 25 minutes for frozen chicken breasts. Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a valve, then float valve will rise and countdown will begin.
  3. After 20-25 minutes your chicken is ready, Instant Pot will beep, display will say OFF and now it needs to bring pressure down before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. It is called Natural Release and I don’t recommend to do Quick Release (turning sealing valve to Venting position) with this recipe. It should take about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Open the lid and your chicken breasts are ready for meal prep, casseroles, salads etc. Shred or cube, and save the stock at the bottom for soup.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags for up to 3 months. Thaw in a fridge or on a counter.

Notes

*If using frozen chicken breasts make sure they are separated. Think about it before freezing a whole tray, separate them with parchment paper.

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. Juicy and soft chicken breast. I finally got an Instant Pot, and this is a very successful recipe for it. I used cooked chicken for wraps with ranch, arugula and corn. Thank you.

  2. Thank you so much! This is easy, quick and comes out juicy and flavorful every time. I use this for daily salads. You are THE BEST!

  3. Your instant pot chicken breast recipe is foolproof. I have tried a few and your cooking time is spot on. Thank you!